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>Andy Wardley writes:
>>Jeff Robertson writes:
>>>What's the longest thread in the history of USENET ?
>It does go on, doesn't it?
He's makin' it up as he goes along!!! =)
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>Jeff Robertson writes:
>>What's the longest thread in the history of USENET ?
Who knows, but I bet the current flame war concerning Vichael on alt.irc
has got to be in the top five. It has been going on for WEEKS and has
easily made up fifty percent of ALL postings to alt.irc in this time.
In fact, I would say closer to 70% but I don't like putting my neck out
and so will only be quoted as saying 50% ;). All told, probably 5 to
7 hundred messages in my estimate....
If my numbers are off, you may sue me for my 80088 w/ hercules graphics
and a 30 Meg hard.
Andy Wardley writes:
If 'longest thread' doesn't necessarily mean 'thread with the highest count
of followups' but 'thread with the longest printout' there's an easy
opening for a new record...
pooh 'sorry, don't blame me!'
>In fact, I would say closer to 70% but I don't like putting my neck out
>and so will only be quoted as saying 50% ;). All told, probably 5 to
>7 hundred messages in my estimate....
>If my numbers are off, you may sue me for my 80088 w/ hercules graphics
^^^^^^ I want one of THESE!
Let's see...off the top of my head, not looking in the archives...
There's the "how do I remove a file named '-' from comp.unix.wizards...
( at least a year so far..)
The " 'move' is less intuitive than 'copy-and-delete' thread from this
humble newgroup ( 3 or 4 months, and still kicking! Hi, Mike!).
The "Furrymuck is for lameoid perverts" thread that Joel Furr keeps
firing back up on alt.fan.furry...
And let's not forhget the "Imminent Death of the Net" theme, which has echoed
at least since the first FidoNet gateway...(or was it Compu$erve?)
Do the cyclical "september threads" count as continuous?
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I just ran into a series of 'ritual genital mutilation' posts on
some group (alt.folklore.urban? It's crossposted to a million places
anyway..) -- THAT thread was very strong at least two months ago!
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What about the Gravis Ultrasound vs. every other sound board war over on
alt.ibm.pc.hardware.soundcard (or whatever its name is) ?
It's probably been going on since the GUS was introduced.
So are we talking longest lasting, or most posts? My own
creation, "Feminist Stupidity Disorder" has lasted for months
(since August? Maybe September) in the alt.feminism/soc.men/soc.women
groups where it is crossposted. In the beginning it created a
small flood of postngs that made up ~50% of the postings to a.f.
It's even kept on topic, as a matter of fact , so it's not just a
subject title that stuck with postings.
Because of the ease of baiting, though, some groups (like af) ought
to be excluded.
>Do the cyclical "september threads" count as continuous?
How about the ongoing, never ending "Is circumcision bad?"
and "Make money fast!!" threads? Both of those are short in
length, but huge in volume, and constantly recurring.
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>Let's see...off the top of my head, not looking in the archives...
>There's the "how do I remove a file named '-' from comp.unix.wizards...
>( at least a year so far..)
>The " 'move' is less intuitive than 'copy-and-delete' thread from this
>humble newgroup ( 3 or 4 months, and still kicking! Hi, Mike!).
>The "Furrymuck is for lameoid perverts" thread that Joel Furr keeps
>firing back up on alt.fan.furry...
>And let's not forhget the "Imminent Death of the Net" theme, which has echoed
>at least since the first FidoNet gateway...(or was it Compu$erve?)
Those are all recurring, not long-running.
>Do the cyclical "september threads" count as continuous?
It's moot now. September 1993 will go down in net.history as the September
that never ended.
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Obviously not a real thread then. ;)
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WEEKS? This group currently has threads ('Ignorant user stories' for one)
that were also running a couple of years or so ago, when I first started to
read this group.
I believe the winner is ``MAKE.MONEY.FAST''.
pooh 'knowingly posting to surely the silliest thread in the history of
USENET, oh what is the longest descriptive middle name ever encoutered on
I don't think that it matters if the subject title changes, since for
instance this thread has already changed subject title, but is still
the same thread. It's even changed topic (now we're discussing what
makes a long thread, not what is the longest thread).
I think it should count if it is a THREAD, not separate postings on the
same topic. This means that Make.Money.Fast wouldn't count, since it
usually isn't threaded (each initial posting counts as a new thread).
> Because of the ease of baiting, though, some groups (like af) ought
> to be excluded.
Nah, they are Usenet too (well, Altnet...).
>>Do the cyclical "september threads" count as continuous?
I wouldn't count them, unless they truely are continuous... Can you
trace one back to an earlier, or is it simply a new freshman starting
a new thread on the same topic?
> How about the ongoing, never ending "Is circumcision bad?"
> and "Make money fast!!" threads? Both of those are short in
> length, but huge in volume, and constantly recurring.
As above, I wouldn't count it...
*Now* you've done it. It just showed up again (after extended absence from
any of the groups I read) on news.groups ...
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>WEEKS? This group currently has threads ('Ignorant user stories' for one)
>that were also running a couple of years or so ago, when I first started to
>read this group.
Don't forget YNYBHTLW...
That thread has been going on for so long that people have been archiving
it for posterity.
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We'll please everyone and make this a recursive thread (see Jeff Robertson).
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This line of reply is one post longer than the other one, as seeing as I
would *love* to be part in the creation of the worlds longest thread I'll
place my bet by posting here.